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International Round Square Conference – Chit...

  Chittagong Grammar School, the institution that held the first International Round Square Conference I ever attended. Bangladesh was a country I had never been to before, so I had no idea what to expect. The first night was the opening ceremony and it was quite short and ended quickly. However,  when we got to CGS the second day, we were all in different groups and were made to mingle with everyone. I think that day, I made a lot of friends from the school. We went on a long trek, got to know each other better and played some games at night. That was the day I realised that no matter where you go in the world and how different cultures may be, the people, their attitudes and the way they grow and some of the things they do will always be universal. We had so much in common with regard to taste in music, what we like doing in our free time, what we like to do with friends, how we’ve learnt things and what our interests are. I was able to gel with them very quickly and effortlessly. On the third day, we had a lot of activities-we painted on bamboo sticks, made a kite, played a treasure hunt, played some ball games but my favourite part was when they called students from government schools and we interacted with them as they drew and coloured on pieces of paper. They were all really smart and they were so aware of their city and it’s history, I was so happy to learn that. Chittagong has done a lot to uplift the poor and uneducated and they continue to do so, they have even inculcated these morals within the CGS students. Because of this, they are very empathetic. After the day’s activities, the school conducted a Jam night with great food, music and lights. We had a lot of fun and it was a great way to end our last night together in Bangladesh. One more really important connection I made was with the students from other Indian schools located in Nainital and Delhi. We were even in the same hotel so we spent a lot of time together, ate all of our meals together and travelled together. We grew extremely close by the last day. Thanks to the digital age, all of us are still in touch and continue to update each other about major events in our lives and just how we are doing even in general. I am really happy about it. I am really grateful about the fact that Inventure is part of Round Square because I do believe it is really essential, especially for people my age. Students learn so much from it, from differences in culture and area codes to learning there are still several similarities in upbringing and interests. Students develop great social skills and learn to make the best out of every situation.

Learning to Transform Waste into Treasure!

  Grade 6 visited The Spinning Wheel at Bellandur, where they had a delightful experience learning how waste can be judiciously converted into objects of treasure. Students were asked to carry waste products like old bottles, newspapers, rubber tubes, old wooden frames, metal cans or bottle caps from home. These were used to make creative and useable products. During their visit they were asked to contemplate on various questions like: What is waste? Are there different types of wastes? How do we presently dispose off waste? What is the impact of growing waste on the Environment? What role can you play to reduce this impact? The students were very creative with their answers and their produce!

Grade 11 go on the Nag Tibba Trek!

  Outbound trips are an integral and compulsory part of the Beyond Academics Program at Inventure. In collaboration with INME, an organisation that designs learning experiences using adventure and challenge, students are given the opportunity to learn numerous life skills during their travel. This trip’s focus is learning about ‘Enhancing Consciousness’, ‘Community Building’ and ‘Exploration’. Read the experiences of some students here.

Middle School Publishing

  Opinion/argument, information, and narrative writing was the first term’s focus in the Reading & Writing workshops held for Grades 6 - 8. They showcased their writing skills to parents and peers alike, covering some interesting topics like ‘Children should be taught Philosophy in School’, ‘Yoga should be made compulsory in schools’ and ‘Is Animal Testing justified?’. During argumentative writing, students think of topics and then evaluate whether their chosen topic can be argued for or against. This is followed by learning how to establish a claim and use evidence from text/media to support this claim. The students then include their reasoning behind why they chose that evidence and how it ties to their claim. While in Narrative writing students learn about character development, descriptive settings, how to knit a sequence of events together, use of dialogues, and to wrap up their story with a strong ending.

Community Outreach- A beautiful, and special exper...

When our bus pulled up along the jagged, uneven sidewalk of the TC Halli Government school- for our first day of Community Outreach- my mind was swirling with curiosity. What would the children be like? Would they like me? Would it be difficult to communicate with them? I quickly pushed my thoughts away, as I spotted a crowd of giggling kids enthusiastically waving at us- bright, happy smiles spread across their eager faces. I found myself smile as I noticed their genuine eagerness and excitement as they grabbed our hands and pulled us inside- chattering happily. Honestly…I was really surprised and a bit overwhelmed by their friendly and happy attitude. I had never done anything like this before, and I had always wanted to do something to help our community. I was curious to see what this experience had to offer me. I set my bag on the table, and pulled out a colorful picture book, choosing to sit in front of a young girl in fourth grade. She beamed as I opened the book, and I noticed her eyes widening at the sight of the colorful pictures. Her bright eyes were filled with curiosity as I flipped the pages, listening attentively. As I glanced at the gray walls, and dull environment- I knew how she must have been feeling. She lifted her hand and slowly traced the picture as if she couldn’t believe what she was seeing- and it seemed like she had drifted into her own world. But then- as if just remembering that I was there, she glanced at me cautiously. I smiled encouragingly, and she replied with a shy smile. I spent the next hour flipping through the colorful pages, and watching her enthusiastic expressions, as she tried to pronounce each word. We came to a page filled with a bright scene- with various animals scattered around. I spotted a cat, and she peered at it carefully. Recognition flashed in her eyes, and she looked like she was trying to remember its name. I decided to test my Kannada- to test my general knowledge- and to see if remembered anything from all those third language classes. I pointed at the cat. “Biku.” I told her, confidently. She giggled, clamping a hand over her mouth. “No- Bekku.” She corrected, smiling. I blushed, and decided to stick to the English. The time I spent teaching and reading to the children left such a deep impact on me. At the end of the visit, I felt emotionally attached to them, and so moved. I really wanted to do something for them, and I guess the best thing I could do was, teach them English. I was so touched by how sweet and affectionate they were, and I don’t think I’ve ever met a batch of kids so excited to learn something new. I think this is a truly a great step Inventure is taking – extending a hand to the rural community, and encouraging us all to help these kids. Looking at the conditions there, and their simple way of living- you can’t help but admire their strength. You can’t help but feel a sense of determination- a need to help the ones less fortunate than us. I think there’s actually a lot we can learn from them. Community Outreach is a beautiful, and special experience that all of us can learn from, and remember forever. It was like breaking out of the cushioned surroundings we live in, and experiencing the conditions of those less privileged than us- which opened up a new perspective on the life and people around me. More than the feeling of knowing I was doing something to help the society was the sense of pride and happiness I felt after the visit. Making others happy really make you happy. No matter how cliché it sounds- it’s true! We sixth graders really enjoyed the experience, especially because it was an entirely new experience for all of us. Here’s what we have to say: “I feel that the community outreach is a great experience for us to learn about our community and conditions. But what’s more important than just social awareness is the pride and joy after helping less privileged children. It’s been an amazing experience for me and my classmates. The bright smiling face of the children as we left was one of the happiest moments of my life!”
  • Mahika
“I found community outreach an enjoyable experience. We met other kids who spoke a different language and thought in a different way. It was such an amazing experience and the kids were so sweet. We found it a two-way learning session. They taught us some things, and we taught them some things!”
  • Akriti
“I loved the experience as it gave me an opportunity to connect with slightly less privileged children. I enjoyed teaching them as it gave me a chance and a hearty feeling that I was helping and making a difference in my society.”
  • Divya
“I think getting to visit a government school to make kids happy and have fun- and also to interact with them; it’s just so special and touching. I hope we spend all our SUPW periods this way!”      -    Siya By - Mitali (6B)

Just Can’t Wait To Be Me Rehearsals

Lights! Camera! Action! And it unfolds, the dancers taking their places, choir trilling a note or two, actors ready to take the stage by storm and artists adding the finishing touches to the props. And cut! The primary block is brimming with excitement in anticipation for their school production - Just Can’t Wait To Be Me. A hilarious tale about a young girl who’s stuffed animals want to join her on her trip and will do whatever it takes. With only 2 days till the big show hits the stage, each and every performer, crew member and teacher is preparing for a dazzling and unforgettable show, where each line is spoken with clarity, each song in tune, each hand movement coordinated with elegant grace and each painting an amalgam of colours. But under all the seriousness is both a feeling of pride and anxiety. And the kids have every right to feel this way. Months of practice have been put in, hidden talents discovered and new friends made. The entire journey has been magical. The kids have worked tirelessly, determination and passion being powerful motivators. “One individual is not the most important thing in something so grand” says Miss Preet Aarons, our Primary School Head. Teamwork is the key to pulling off every show of this production. And this teamwork is one of the key lessons that the children have learnt during their time rehearsing. Hundreds of kids working as one unit however is not always easy. “It was really fun working together with new people, but a lot of the times co-ordination was hard”, commented 5th grade dancers Guhar and Vanshika. Upon being asked about other hardships, Kiara, an artist in the prop making team, told us about the difficulties they had with certain props, but also how in the end, their hard work and immense effort payed off. No one wants to let the whole crew down, so every member is working tirelessly to get everything that needs to be done finished and ready to perfection for the big day. We for one, can’t wait to see the glorious spectacle that awaits us. Hopefully we’ll see you all there to appreciate the amazing work these kids have done. Let’s go Juniors! We know for sure it’ll be a hit. By Prerna, Namrata and Anish, Grade 11AS

Inventure Academy delegates awarded at BMUN 2014

Inventure Academy delegates at BMUNBMUN 2014 We all set out to the Bangalore Model United Nations conference with big expectations and quite a bit of excitement. I waited at the bus stop anxiously, it was my fifth MUN and I was in a particularly difficult committee – the Security Council. The first day was tough for me, I didn’t speak much and the level of competition in my committee was very high. Regardless of the circumstances, I was thoroughly intrigued by the intensity and complexity of debate in the Security Council. Although I didn’t fare too well, I was happy to hear my fellow members of the delegation performed very well. The second day was the game changer, this was when a considerable portion of debating occurred and delegates got to work to form blocs and write up resolutions. I managed to reverse the previous day’s misfortunes and I got off to a good start. Committee session was hectic and frenzied but it was very productive and a truly enjoyable experience. I ended the day on a high as I was satisfied by my progress and effort. [gallery columns="2" ids="4003,4004"] The third and final day was devoted to finishing and passing resolutions, our council managed to pass two resolutions unanimously – the first Security Council in ten years of the BMUN conference to do so. Soon after, we were seated for the awards ceremony waiting for the respective awards to be announced. Much to our joy, the Inventure delegation ended up winning several awards in the conference and we were extremely happy to have accomplished this wonderful task. Personally the fact that I managed to achieve my goal of getting an award was heartening for me. Overall BMUN 2014 was an interesting and enjoyable experience for every delegate and for me it was an invaluable learning experience that I will always remember. - Arincheyan G, 11AS Bangalore Model United Nations conference awards: Siddharth, 12 ISC  won Commendable Delegate Aahika, 11 AS won Commendable Delegate Arin, 11AS won  Best Position Paper Rhea, 9 IC won Best Position paper.

Student Council at Inventure

“Successful leaders see the opportunities in every difficulty rather than the difficulty in every opportunity.”  - Reed Markham InventureAcademyInvestitureCeremony2014Our student council is one which is sure of upholding the true meaning of this quote. Now that the council is in full swing and elections have long past, it is evident that the council is learning about leadership. As a senior school student, I usually make it a point not to make role models out of my peers- the closeness in age is quite awkward, but seeing the change in the attitude of many of my friends has made me see that responsibility really does change you. It is awe inspiring to see the amount of patience and ability to control that a council member has. "It’s a crazy responsibility; you have to be the perfect role model.” says Aahika, School Sports Captain. Maybe leadership isn’t for the weak willed, but it clearly earns you respect, and admiration. The enthusiasm with which the student council approaches every event is commendable as well. Whether it may be last period BA meeting or the Inter-school Swimming Competition, the Captains are always supportive of the house members, urging them to participate- even if the students themselves are less than enthusiastic. “Two years on the Student Council as both School Captain and House Captain have impacted my life tremendously. I've learnt how to be more disciplined, focused and organized. The responsibility you are given is enormous, but the reward makes the experience worth it.” says Ex-Captain, Tejas Rao. As a regular citizen in the wide world of the high school political system, it’s impossible not to be tempted by the sunny glow that surrounds captaincy. On the other hand, I laugh as I think of myself trying to control and motivate a room filled with chatty kids and bored friends. Now that we’re really into the school year, let’s see what our Captains have to offer. As students, we should give them time and second chances (if they ever mess up). Because, being a Captain? It’s not that easy. ~ Mahima Srikanth, 11AS-A